King James Version

Psalm 116

1I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.

For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

12 What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?

13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.

14 I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

16 O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.

18 I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.

19 In the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 116

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he heard my voice.
    He heard my cry for his help.
Because he paid attention to me,
    I will call out to him as long as I live.

The ropes of death were wrapped around me.
    The horrors of the grave came over me.
    I was overcome by sadness and sorrow.
Then I called out to the Lord.
    I cried out, “Lord, save me!”

The Lord is holy and kind.
    Our God is full of tender love.
The Lord takes care of those who are not aware of danger.
    When I was in great need, he saved me.

I said to myself, “Be calm.
    The Lord has been good to me.”

Lord, you have saved me from death.
    You have dried the tears from my eyes.
    You have kept me from tripping and falling.
So now I can enjoy life here with you
    while I’m still living.
10 I trusted in the Lord even when I said to myself,
    “I am in great pain.”
11 When I was terrified, I said to myself,
    “No one tells the truth.”

12 The Lord has been so good to me!
    How can I ever pay him back?
13 I will bring an offering of wine to the Lord
    and thank him for saving me.
    I will worship him.
14 In front of all the Lord’s people,
    I will do what I promised him.

15 The Lord pays special attention
    when his faithful people die.
16 Lord, I serve you.
    I serve you just as my mother did.
    You have set me free from the chains of my suffering.

17 Lord, I will sacrifice a thank offering to you.
    I will worship you.
18 In front of all the Lord’s people,
    I will do what I promised him.
19 I will keep my promise in the courtyards of the Lord’s temple.
    I will keep my promise in Jerusalem itself.

Praise the Lord.